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Old 07-16-2002, 11:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i took my two youngest to Pratt's wayne woods to fish the big lake (Pickerel Lake)
6:30-8 pm

i was fishing some large fatheads on bottom as well as Sonny's dip with no takers. I switched to a float rig and caught a baby bass. I had a few other takers which i was unable to hook (2/0 tru turn too big probably) before all of my bait disappeared. My kids decided to toss the minnows in one by one...

We should have started fishing about 7:45 you could see there were fish starting to work the surface pretty good. There were some serious "swirlies" which clearly must have been some nice predator fish (nice bass/pike etc) in there.

it's a nice lake (30 acres.) Parking very close. One thing about this lake is there were only about 4 other people we could see. It has a good amount of structure compared to most fp lakes. the east shore where we were has "terraced" concrete steps all along it (chunks of concrete) there are a few fishing piers as well. There's some good wood cover around, points, and some depth variation. In a canoe I'll bet you could do great on bass and panfish. (not that you couldn't cover it well on foot if you were more mobile than i was.)

Me and my kids were able to observe a Heron, and a snapping turtle really working the shallows not more than 40 yards away.
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Old 07-18-2002, 10:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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maybe you should have fished in another spot other than the east shore. if there are steps there then that area probally gets the most pressure because it is convienent to fish there. just a thought.
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